Keep Employees Happy; Put morale and engagement in the job description

What if employee morale and employee engagement were part of every job description. What if in addition to words like analyze, prepare, oversee, monitor, collaborate, and review we saw words like build morale, institute fun, and engage coworkers throughout the organization? What if a key role of every job description was to keep employees happy? What would that look like? Clearly there would not be a spreadsheet or a piece of software that could do that? Clearly to keep employees happy we would need to spend less time analyzing and more time keeping people happy. We would need to stop preparing for building morale and actually start doing some morale building. We would not need to monitor and review morale. Smiles, low absenteeism, people showing up to work on time, and low turnover would be as clear as day. You would not need a task force if every employee knew it was his or her responsibility …

2010; Keep Employees Happy; Every Employee Happy. Every Day.

Every Employee Happy. Every Day. Every Employee Engaged. Every Day. Some of you have seen the above on my email signature. If you haven’t; I’m putting it out there right now for the rest of the world to see. It’s what I’m striving for beginning January 1, 2010 Can we do it? Of course not. I’m a dreamer. A cheerleader. I’m unrealistic. It is also “helpful” that some people were destined to be miserable; and sadly…. enjoy being miserable. What is up with those people anyway; and I still say we should start one company and just let them all work there. We can call it MISERInc. Use bailout money if we have to; that would be a good use of funds; keeping the miserable people at bay has got to have value. But I digress.  Now in addition to miserable people some companies are just not as committed to the idea and philosophy of a happy and …

Keep Employees Happy; 3 simple ideas for the New Year

Go ahead, ask your employees/co-workers to name three companies in your region that seem like cool, fun, or exciting places to work and why they think that is the case. Now ask them what your company needs to do to become one of those three. Then ask yourself what can or will you do to make that happen. Everyone is looking forward to 2010. It is amazing how many think on January 1st all will be better. The recession will be gone. Companies will start hiring. Foreclosures will be on the downswing. Credit will loosen up. I’ve got news for you; probably not going to happen. This bumpy ride is not going to miraculously smooth out overnight. But there is one thing I know for sure……..In order to keep employees happy and engaged, employers will need to do a few things. Here are just three of many I am pushing for in 2010. They won’t require …

Keep Employees Happy: How come there aren’t signs welcoming people to work?

When I enter a retail establishment, hotel, or restaurant often times there are signs that welcome me. I’ve seen signs that read Welcome, We’re glad you’re here, or Please tell us what we can do for you today. There are times when I walk into a corporation and I see a welcome sign or marquis listing for someone important who might be visiting that day. It seems that many companies make an investment in welcoming guests/visitors/customers. Now in most of the retail cases I wish they would just leave it at the sign and then leave me alone. Like the other afternoon for instance I was navigating a Pier 1 Imports store, trying to spend a gift certificate someone had given me, and I could not seem to race down an aisle or into a corner where some perky little employee couldn’t wait to help me. As a quick aside, …